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Jason Bourne released, Great Wall
  • Jason Bourne has now been released in many countries. Some recent interviews are at Buzzfeed, Reddit via YouTube, The Feed, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, USA Today, Live with Kelly, EW, AOL Build and People.

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  • The Great Wall now has a trailer, photos and an interview with director Zhang Yimou at EW, including:

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    What can you say about working with these three big Western actors?
    I am very fortunate to work with Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, and Willem Dafoe on this project. They are wonderful actors and helped me tremendously. Especially Matt, who won an Oscar for screenwriting at such a young age — he is very creative and smart and contributed so much to the dialog. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all three actors.
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    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 29th, 2016 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Entertainment news

    I had liked article

    "Is Matt Damon the Best-Aging Celebrity in Hollywood? We Investigate"
    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 29th, 2016 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Great Wall

    A short review on the "BBC news" about the reaction of Western and Chinese Internet users to the casting of the "The Great Wall"
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 29th, 2016 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Great Wall

    Thanks for all your links and comments Irina - much appreciated. I've tuned out a lot of the press in recent days.

    If my translation is correct, Matt will be filming Downsizing in Norway on 1-2 August:
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    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 29th, 2016 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Promotion Of Jason Bourne

    Super! Matt Damon Sings 'My Funny Valentine'

    Maybe someone has not seen this clip."My funny Valentine (vocal)" by Matt Damon
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2016 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Promotion Of Jason Bourne

    Matt damaged his voice doing Green Zone? I haven't heard that before.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 30th, 2016 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt is bringing Lucy and the kids to Norway and they will stay for a week:

    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 30th, 2016 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Norway

    Felicity, but in article about it is told nothing.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2016 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne BO

    I'm still not breathing a sigh of relief, but this is from Deadline. I'm especially relieved by the CinemaScore. Some critics may have doubts, but the audience seems mostly satisfied. This is from Deadline:

    The re-pairing of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass with Jason Bourne seems to be paying off for Universal Pictures as the latest in the action franchise is on track to gross $22M+ tonight on its way to right around a $60M weekend, which will mark the highest opening for a Damon-centric film (The Martian grossed $54.3M). It garnered an A- CinemaScore.

    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 30th, 2016 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne BO

    And here what is written by "Variety"
    "Box Office: Matt Damon’s ‘Jason Bourne’ Rules with $61 Million"

    I read the social network, there is a lot of positive feedback, very little negative.
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    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 30th, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


    "How Matt Damon Has Remained One of the Greatest Movie Stars"
    Of the Hollywood elite, Damon remains on top.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2016 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Esquire

    This is a perceptively written article. I agree that one of the most important tools in his kit as an actor is his lack of need to grandstand. This means he is often undervalued as an actor by the general public, but hugely lengthens his career. As always, he takes the long view.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 30th, 2016 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Our Reviews

    So who here has seen the movie?? And what do you all think? I posted in the previous thread I saw it on Wednesday evening and thought it was EXCELLENT. Jeremy Renner's film should never have been made, it pales greatly in comparison having this one now.
    I saw it a second time last night with a different fan. She enjoyed it just as much as I did and the audience clapped at the end and this was at an AMC not an industry screening like I attended Wed. evening. Everyone seems to be enjoying it and it was a sold out auditorium!

    Felicity, you want to start a separate thread for those of us who've seen it to discuss? without spoiling anything?

    Edited at 2016-07-30 06:28 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2016 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Our Reviews

    People clapped?! OMG! That's so rare! Dang it, Gregory, you're starting to get me psyched and I have been trying to hold my hopes in check. I can't see it before Monday, probably. Sorry I can't contribute to the opening weekend's gross :(

    A special thread would be cool.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2016 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Box Office

    Further boosting estimates for JB--from Box Office Mojo today:
    SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Universal's Jason Bourne is coming out strong, delivering an estimated $22.7 million on Friday and heading toward a $60+ million opening weekend. This puts it ahead of Mojo's forecast and the "A-" CinemaScore answers whether or not opening day audiences would show it the support that would allow it to improve on expectations.

    Internationally Jason Bourne debuted in 46 international markets and grossed an estimated $22.8 million, the largest international opening day for the Bourne franchise ever. The film is expected to top out around $50 million for the international weekend, resulting in a $110+ million worldwide opening.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 30th, 2016 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Box Office

    Louie, are you going to see it tonight?? Hopefully we'll have a thread to discuss.
    Tickets sales by comparison:
    Friday domestic opening of Ultimatum was $24,668,225
    Friday domestic opening of Jason Bourne is estimated $22,710,000

    Opening weekend of Ultimatum was just shy of $70 million. I hope Jason Bourne does as well if not better!


    Edited at 2016-07-30 10:40 pm (UTC)
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 31st, 2016 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)


    Express interview:

    5 reasons why Jason Bourne is the best Bourne film (number 5 is there is no Jeremy Renner):

    Donna Freydkin:
    freydkinCan't say enough good things about this guy. I think his work and his actions speak for themselves. @jasonbourne @aol.build #mattdamon #jasonbourne #paulgreengrass #spy

    Donna Freydkin ‏@freydkin Jul 28
    Oh @felicityblunt were your ears burning today? Talked you up with #JasonBourne today.

    Felicity Blunt‏@felicityblunt
    @freydkin now they are!! Who doesn't love that man?! We called our son after him. Well let's just say we did as its a good story.

    Edited at 2016-07-31 06:32 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 31st, 2016 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Great Wall

    I cannot believe the ignorance of the Universal marketing department in releasing the Great Wall trailer with Bourne. It was such a cheap trick which has backfired and they should have known the misguided backlash was coming, spurred now by an attention-seeking actress. It has now stirred up previous controversies and will affect the Bourne box-office.

    It's the least controversial whitewashing ever: it's a co-production designed to boost audiences in both countries, and filmed for six months in China. If not for Matt, it would not have got made, and created a huge number of jobs in China. And Matt's playing a fictional character alongside many Chinese co-stars! Universal fails again in its marketing and lack of foresight.

    The drama and outrage is insane. Matt plays a foreigner in China, not a local. Matt (or any other western star) is needed to sell the movie to audiences around the world, including China. The movie will flop because it is terrible, and was from the original description, but Universal could have sold it better from the start. Release a featurette online with the trailer addressing the issues. Don't just drop the trailer at the end of a press tour when you're selling a separate film which needs a non-controversial opening and has its own drama (unapologetic media campaign focusing on guns). But they had to put the trailer out there two weeks before the China press tour to cash in.

    Edited at 2016-07-31 11:39 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 31st, 2016 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Great Wall

    Some people even went to great lengths to call Matt a White supremacist, bringing up the Project Greenlight scandal, and the so-called "homophobe" comments. Some have said that Matt "betrayed" them. I know Hollywood has a problem with diversity, but using cheap arguments and "blame" white people for injustices will not solve anything. These people should try speaking to the Chinese and asking them how they FEEL.
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    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 31st, 2016 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Critic's reviews

    I Liked. "The Guardian":
    Amid such visceral spectacle, Damon injects a much needed air of humanity. His speech may be sparse, but his body is expressively talkative, conveying violence, pathos and even tragedy in surprisingly precise fashion. After the joyous monologuing of The Martian, Damon proves that he can keep an audience onside while keeping his lip buttoned. No wonder we keep coming back for more.
    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 31st, 2016 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Box office

    I don't understand, unless the weekend has already ended in America, that there are already final figures the

    Universal's Jason Bourne topped the North American box office with a strong $60 million from 4,026 theaters, one of the best showings of summer.
    The action film is also impressing overseas, where it topped the foreign chart with $50 million from 56 markets, the best opening of any Bourne title and putting the movie's global bow at $110.1 million. South Korea led with a stellar $11.2 million, followed by $10.2 million in the U.K., where it came in second behind the bow of Finding Dory ($10.8 million).

    “This is just an extraordinary result. The fact that after nine years we were able to put this team back together to achieve this is fantastic,” said Nick Carpou, Universal Picture’s president of domestic distribution about Jason Bourne. Exit polling shows that the main reason moviegoers were drawn to the theater was Matt Damon and the franchise itself and Carpou credited Universal Pictures’ chairman Donna Langley as “the driving force in bringing Damon and Greengrass back together in a story that is compelling. A $60M result is an unqualified success.”

    We remembe that the studio gave the forecast of 40 million.

    According to studio surveys, Damon’s involvement was the second most frequently cited reason that people bought tickets to “Jason Bourne.” Those finding were mirrored by ComScore’s Post-Track survey of ticket-buyers, with 28% of respondents citing the “actor in the lead role” as their motivation for seeing the sequel. Usually, the percentage of people who say the star compelled them to see the movie is in the single digits.
    “It shows the star power of Matt Damon,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “He is one of the few actors you can say with confidence is on the A-list. Put his face on a poster and people show up. That’s rare.”

    Edited at 2016-07-31 07:21 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 31st, 2016 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    From Variety

    Have we seen this? A Variety article:

    "Sorry, Jeremy Renner, You Can't make a Bourne Movie Without Matt Damon"

    Ha, ha, ha. You know, it's so personal, I actually feel bad for him. Kinda. And of course it's not true, the studio could turn around in a heartbeat and do that exact thing.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 1st, 2016 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: From Variety

    They are claiming the production cost $120 million, so that's a starting point before promotional costs.

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